10 Vacant Buildings Around Phoenix That Should Be Music Venues

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Benjamin Leatherman
The old Circles Records and Tapes location on Central Avenue.
If there's one thing that Metro Phoenix has no shortage of, it's vacant buildings. Thanks to the Great Recession and the ever-fickle whims of consumers, and the normal failure rate of any business, our area is littered with scores of available spaces or shuttered enterprises.

Some will eventually be reborn as new projects or concepts, including those devoted to nightlife or featuring live music. It's no secret that we're big fans of both adaptive reuse and local music venues, so its groovy whenever the two intersect and a new concert joint or rock bar opens some formerly vacant space. That goes double if it happens to be in some vintage building.

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11 New Sponsor Ideas for US Airways Center

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Ken Lund/Flickr
How about one of these names for the arena?
US Airways and American Airlines merged at the end of last year, and in 2015, the airline formerly know as US Airways' sponsorship deal for the downtown Phoenix arena currently bearing its name will end. American Airlines already has the American Airlines Center in Dallas and the American Airlines Arena in Miami, so there's no need for the company to buy the naming rights to a third NBA arena. That creates a gap for an opportunistic re-branding of the 22-year-old venue, which is currently hosts the home games for the Phoenix Suns, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, and the AFL's Arizona Rattlers, as well as a slew of concerts throughout the year. While no one can say for sure what the future holds for the arena downtown that bears the airline's name, we're thinking ahead for possible new names for Ye Olde America West Arena.

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Forty '90s Albums That Still Hold Up

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The cover of U2's Achtung Baby

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz.

At the end of July, I wrote about Five Reasons I Don't Write About New Music, the most important of which is that new music hasn't stood the test of time. I prefer to talk about the stuff that holds up.

Over the years, I've given you all recommendations on jazz, blues, soul, even Brazilian music. I explained which decade of music was the best ('67-'77), and I even made a list of great albums from the worst decade (The '80s, duh).

But I haven't gotten a chance to lead you through the '90s ... and whether you like it or not, my aging brothers and sisters, that decade started almost 25 years ago! No time like the present, so here's 40 Albums From the '90s That Still Hold Up.

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Bands That Replaced Irreplaceable Members (And Those That Shouldn't Have)

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Cable television is confounding, for sure, and the inevitable question often arises: "All these channels and nothing to watch? What the ______?" Recently, I was having one of these moments until I stumbled across an interview/live performance show on the Audience Network called Guitar Center Sessions. This one caught my eye because it featured Alice in Chains. I got curious. Who is this new singer? How could they try to keep it going without Layne Staley?

Of course, this only brought up more thinking, which is never encouraged by any discernible taste-making entity, but darn it, thinking is so fun and on that particular afternoon, I wondered, what other bands have replaced seemingly irreplaceable members and either failed miserably or been successful? Obviously, it is way more fun to write about the bands who have failed miserably, but I also have to be fair and give credit where credit is due.


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Best Metal Concerts to See in Phoenix in September

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Victor Palagano
Rob Zombie is coming to Phoenix later in September.

Our desert summer is finally winding down; and really, it wasn't so bad, now was it? It's probably in part to the awesome parade of metal shows that came through our fair state since the music industry's touring season was in full swing. Either way, at least the September nights will only be in the 90s when you're leaving those sweat- and blood-drenched mosh pits.

September is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. As such, we're on the lookout for the best upcoming shows.

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Pop Music Plagiarism's Worst Offenses: A History

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Epic Records
Avril Lavigne
By Luke Winkie

Nobody has written an original rock song since 1953, and the entire music industry is founded on exchanging blurry photocopies of other people's work. Sure, some art is outright plagiarism, but even when it's in a gray area, it's an opportunity for cash. Case in point: Australian psych band Tame Impala is currently fielding accusations that its song "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" rips off Argentinian singer Pablo Ruiz's "Océano." This is a song that the members of the band have likely never, ever heard. We'll see if their lawyer can make that case.

Over the years, music-plagiarism accusations have hit some of pop music's most popular artists. Here are eight of the highest-profile cases.

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10 Underrated Punk Albums That Should Be Considered Classics

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It's odd that people who have never met me want to punch me in the throat. Perhaps it's akin to what people like Sean Hannity and Joe Arpaio experience on a daily basis, although I would never want to be compared to them. Luckily, I feel safe in saying there is no comparison. All I've done is tell the story of how my bandmate once hit Danzig and then give my opinion on why a few albums that some people consider classics are really not that great. Again, key words, my opinion.

Anyhow, some of the people who wanted to punch me also suggested I write more positively about albums rather than put anybody down. A few even said I should write about "underrated" albums, and I thought it was a great idea. I'm sure you still might want to punch me, and that is okay. To be honest, there are people I'd like to punch, so I truly understand your frustration. The following albums are in no particular order, so please don't stalk my dog because I put your favorite of these at number four and you think it should be number one, dear reader. Some of them are by well-known bands, too, but I just don't think the records get the recognition they deserve.

So, without further delay, 10 underrated punk albums you should listen to again.

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Most Cliché Wedding Songs

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Think of every wedding you've ever been to. Between the toasts and the bouquet toss, the traditions can feel so run into the ground you forget why you are there in the first place: to celebrate a couple who found each other in this crazy world and fell in love.

Just because the celebration of the union between two people is generally full of an inordinate amount of custom doesn't mean the playlist has to be. Sadly, most couples will hire a DJ who puts little thought into what type of music is best suited for the bride and groom and merely cues up what he or she believe the attendees want to hear. It robs the couple of the best way they have to inject a little of their own personality into the celebration.

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The 15 Biggest Rock Stars Who Live in Arizona

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Maria Vassett
Judas Priest frontman (and Paradise Valley resident) Rob Halford.
Stevie Nicks doesn't live here anymore. Neither does Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Dokken's George Lynch, Kerry King of Slayer, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, nor Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt. At one time, all of these rock greats may have called Arizona their home, but have since left our state for new addresses. (Heck, even Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, who grew up in the Valley, reportedly sold his longtime pad in Gilbert recently and moved back to L.A.)

All that said, however, Arizona still boasts many recognizable rock stars as residents, whether they're of the homegrown variety or, just like a majority of our population, wound up moving here.

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10 Best Metal Shows in Metro Phoenix in August

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Chimaira

August is filled to the brim with heavy metal shows around Metro Phoenix, thanks to concerts and gigs by locals and major international legends. So check out the 10 best metal and hard rock concerts happening at venues around the Valley next month.

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